Overwatch

Sleek Overwatch skin concept turns Echo into an RGB gaming PC

Published: 5/Jan/2021 1:29 Updated: 5/Jan/2021 2:03

by Bill Cooney

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One artist and Overwatch fan has made a brilliant new skin design for Echo that turns the DPS hero into every gamer’s dream RGB PC.

Echo is all the rage when it comes to DPS heroes in Overwatch right now, with a powerful kit and abilities that make her the terror of support players worldwide.

The Omnic’s also not doing too badly in the skin department either, and while she didn’t a new one for Winter Wonderland 2020, that hasn’t stopped fans from coming up with a few ideas of their own. One of the best so far is from concept artist Eva ‘Evanyla‘ Cringle, who turned Echo into an RGB-lit rig any gamer would be proud of.

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It wouldn’t be RGB without a matching black case.

Echo looks every bit like a front-page post on the r/pcmasterrace subreddit here, with a sleek black chassis and enough colored LEDs to light up a room.

Since it replaces the blue with RGB, it would also make sense for her abilities to be given a rainbow, eyeball-assaulting visual makeover as well. Evanyla was obviously thinking the same, redesigning the hero’s main weapons (her fingers) to match the rest of the skin.

If you look closely, the joints on her arms and legs are actually little lit up fans dutifully spinning away, but the best are the ones found on her wings, which finally explains how she’s able to fly around.

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RGB sticky bombs sound great, as long as your not on the receiving end.

Though this skin is just a sketch, for now, we would bet someone is already thinking about making it into a full 3D design, if an ambitious Blizzard designer hasn’t started on one already.

We’d buy this in a heartbeat — as any gamer knows the more RGB you have the better you frag out, and it would fit perfectly into something like the Anniversary event’s loot boxes as well.

Even though Evanyla’s design would be an instant hit, we’ll have to wait to see what official skins come out for Echo in 2021. The Lunar New Year event is coming up in a few weeks and there is a chance a new one could come out then, but it probably won’t be infused with pure RGB gaming power.

Apex Legends

Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage make surprise return to Apex Legends

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:15

by Theo Salaun

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In an impromptu update, Respawn Entertainment have delighted Apex Legends fans by bringing back both the Kings Canyon map and the Mirage Voyage point of interest for a limited time.

The Apex community lit up with a blend of surprise and joy when users logged onto the popular battle royale and found out that Kings Canyon was reintroduced to the game’s playlist options. As an added bonus, the game’s most infamous party boat, the Mirage Voyage, also spontaneously re-emerged as a landing spot.

A common emotional accompaniment to surprise is confusion and this geographical return was not lacking in either, according to Twitter reactions. The option to play on Kings Row was originally speculated to be a mistake because the playlist choice was only showing up for some players and mysteriously appearing then disappearing for others. 

But, following an official announcement from the Apex Legends Twitter account, it’s confirmed that the returns of Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage are no mistake. In fact, they will be around for a full week.

Echoing the enthusiasm of their fans, Apex’s social media account delivered the news with a simple nod to jubilations: “It’s party time.”

And, as fans have been discovering in the brief time the map’s been made available, there are some tweaks to Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage this time around — including some notable teasers and easter eggs. 

In one such piece of subtle content, there is a voicemail left to Mirage by his mother, Evelyn Witt, which can be found on a phone or tablet device that’s been left on one of the boat’s green couches. While it’s not a groundbreaking piece of lore, it does add to the game’s longrunning storylines.

This marks the first time since August 2020 that Mirage Voyage is available to contest in Apex Legends and the first time ever that it has sailed into Kings Canyon instead of World’s Edge. This blend of returns is both a chance for nostalgia and for content overlap.

Although the new playlist option will only be available until January 21, fans will be curious to know if this means Respawn intends on continuing to spontaneously bring back limited playlist offerings in the future.